How can I increase my milk supply?
Real Mom Problem
“I'm not producing enough milk. Every time I breastfeed, my baby screams right after as if he hadn't eaten at all. I'm a first time mom and I just don't know what to do. I've been supplementing with formula, but I still want to give him breast milk.”
- 1. Try supplements or foods known to increase supply, such as fenugreek, oatmeal or Mother's Milk Tea
- 2. Nurse as often as possible, at baby's first sign of hunger
- 3. Try a nursing holiday by staying in bed with your baby all day
- 4. Nurse on one side and pump on the other to build supply
Real Mom Solutions
Nurse More Frequently
Nurse nurse nurse! I'd say nursing more frequently is the most important thing to do.
Nurse on demand. Offer the breast at the SLIGHTEST sign of fussiness from baby. Offer the breast for every single instance of neediness from baby.
Try a nursing holiday. Stay an entire weekend in bed and just nurse constantly.
Try fenugreek, an herbal supplement. You can also try Mother's Milk Tea, or steal cut oatmeal. Otherwise just nurse baby lots--that's the easiest way to up your supply!
Mother's Milk is an herbal tea. It helps to make your milk "healthier" and some swear it helps boost their supply. It has a bitter taste to it but it's not terrible. I sweeten it with honey.
Try Pumping or Other Methods
I usually feed on one side and then pump on the other and store it so I don't lose any milk. It helps keep my supply up.
Do as much skin to skin time as possible.